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1 December 2023

OTTO FUCHS KG has achieved ASI Performance Standard V3 (2022) with a focus on Material Stewardship (Transitional) for its facility located in Meinerzhagen, Germany and Chain of Custody Standard V1 (2017) Certification for Department B9 Extrusions, located within the facility. The facility utilises casting, extruding, die and hand forging as well as joining processes.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that OTTO FUCHS KG has been certified against the ASI Performance Standard V3 (2022) with a focus on Material Stewardship and ASI Chain of Custody Standard V1 (2017). The transitional phase of Performance Standard Material Stewardship certifications from V2 (2017) to V3 (2022) means that Entities are currently audited against Principles 1-4 of the Performance Standard V3. The audit scope for the Performance Standard V3 Certification covers all design and manufacturing activities except the Casthouse/Foundry. The audit scope for the Chain of Custody Certification covers production of extruded aluminium profiles in production area B9. These profiles are produced for Schüco, an affiliate company of OTTO FUCHS KG.

The ASI Certification program was developed through an extensive multi-stakeholder consultation process and is the only comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative for the aluminium value chain. The ASI Performance Standard V3 was launched in May 2022 following a multi-year revision process. It defines 11 principles and 62 criteria under three sustainability pillars – Environment, Social, and Governance – with the aim to address pressing sustainability issues in the aluminium value chain, such as biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples rights, circularity, and greenhouse gas emissions. The ASI CoC Standard V1 (2017) sets out requirements for the creation of a Chain of Custody for material that is produced and processed through the value chain into diverse downstream sectors. The implementation of ASI’s CoC Standard links verified practices at successive steps of the supply chain – certified under the ASI Performance Standard – to the products produced by ASI Certified Entities.

The independent, third-party audits of OTTO FUCHS KG was carried out by GUTcert (AFNOR Group). The audit took place prior to May 31, 2023, thus enabling a Chain of Custody V1 certification. A full listing of audit findings outlining evidence of conformances and minor non-conformances is available from page 5 of the summary audit reports, linked below. The Performance Standard V3 Certification details three minor non-conformances, noted under Criteria 2.1a-f Environmental, Social, and Governance Policy, 2.3b Environmental and Social Management Systems – Social and 4.4a-c Collection and Recycling of Products at End of Life – Material Conversion and other Manufacturing During the Certification Period. OTTO FUCHS KG will be implementing a corrective action plan, which will be verified in follow-up audits. No non-conformances were identified for the Chain of Custody V1 Certification.

“We congratulate OTTO FUCHS KG on achieving ASI Performance Standard Certification with a focus on Material Stewardship for its facility in Meinerzhagen, as well as Chain of Custody Standard V1 Certification for its in-house B9 unit. The aluminium extrusions produced by the company cater primarily to the aerospace, automotive and construction industries, which harness aluminium’s unique lightweighting, strength, and durability. We are pleased to see OTTO FUCHS KG and Schüco International KG continue their ASI Certification journey across their facilities, through their joint ASI membership”

– Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI

“As a company in the aluminum industry, OTTO FUCHS feels responsible for contributing to independent social, ecological and ethical standards along the entire value chain. Our ASI Certification underlines this commitment and also promotes the trust of our customers. We are looking forward to working with ASI and thus playing a key role in shaping the further decarbonization of the aluminum industry.”

– Martin Knötgen, Chief Executive Officer at OTTO FUCHS KG

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